Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Up 42% – Officers Continue to Protect and Serve


2010 is turning into being one of the deadliest years for police across the nation.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), law enforcement deaths are up 42% over last 2009 nationwide as of May 27th, 2010.  However, the Mesa Police Association (MPA) reminds the public that officers remain committed to their duties, and will continue to serve their public.

“Clearly, the deaths of Officer Travis Murphy, Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler and DPS Officer Chris Marano have sent shockwaves throughout the law enforcement community,” states Sgt. Fabian Cota, President of the Mesa Police Association.  “Losing three officers in about six months is chilling.  These losses have reminded all officers how important their training is and how fast one could lose their life.”

NLEOMF released that there have been sixty-eight (68) officer fatalities so far this year, twenty seven (27) of which were from gun fire and up 80% from last year.  In years past, Arizona has gone without losing an officer in the line of duty.  “Officers have a duty to protect and serve,” adds Cota. “The law enforcement professionals I have spoken with continue to take pride in their jobs despite the dangers.”

Officers continue to deal with the unknowns of any traffic stop, which is one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement.  “People continue to fight back against our officers in efforts to not go to jail, or other personal reasons,” says Cota.  “Suspects have been increasing more agitated and aggressive towards our officers.  This adds additional dangers to our job.”

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2010 fatality rate